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Rangers score 3 in 3rd, top Flyers in opener 4-1

Published on April 18, 2014 in NHL Betting

New York Rangers' Derick Brassard, left, and Anton Stralman, right, celebrate with Mats Zuccarello after Zuccarello scored a goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games. The teams were locked in a 1-1 tie when Jason Akeson – playing in just his third career NHL game – was given a double high-sticking penalty for clipping Rangers forward Carl Hagelin with 7:35 remaining. New York quickly took advantage. Richards gave the Rangers their first lead of the night when a rebound of Martin St. Louis’ shot came to him, and he fired it in from the right circle, punctuating the moment with an emphatic fist pump at 8:22.

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Napoli back in Red Sox lineup after missing game

Published on April 18, 2014 in MLB Betting

Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli, left, walks off the field with trainer Rick Jameyson after badly bending his left ring finger into the bag while advancing on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Chicago. The White Sox won 2-1. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — First basemen Mike Napoli was back in Boston’s starting lineup on Thursday night, two days after dislocating a finger on his left hand.

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Niemi to start in goal for Sharks

Published on April 18, 2014 in NHL Betting

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Antti Niemi will start in goal for the San Jose Sharks in the opener of their first-round playoff series against Los Angeles.

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LA Lakers wrap lousy season with uncertain future

Published on April 18, 2014 in NBA Betting

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni argues a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 113-100. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Although one of the worst seasons in Los Angeles Lakers history mercifully ended Wednesday night in San Antonio, the drama around the 16-time NBA champions is never finished. Everybody except Kobe Bryant and general manager Mitch Kupchak is facing the possibility of relocation after the Lakers finished 27-55, the most losses in club history and the franchise’s worst winning percentage since the Minneapolis Lakers’ 72-game season in 1957-58. The changes didn’t begin immediately Thursday when the Lakers began packing up their gear for their longest offseason in nine years. Kupchak and owner Jim Buss have plenty of time to decide how to get the Lakers back on the road to title contention, a process likely to take years after this long-successful team finally fell in spectacular fashion.

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Sharper loses Arizona bid to be released on bail

Published on April 18, 2014 in NFL Betting

Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper lost his bid Thursday to be released on bail in a sexual assault case after an Arizona judge found there’s enough evidence to move forward with charges against him in that state. Sharper’s lawyers had questioned the evidence authorities are using to justify keeping him in jail in California, where he faces separate charges that he drugged and raped two women in October after meeting them at a West Hollywood nightclub. A California judge had set Sharper’s bail at $1 million but ruled in March that Sharper should remain in jail without bail after the Super Bowl champion was indicted in Arizona on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in November. His lawyers had hoped to win a favorable ruling from the Arizona judge to persuade the California judge to set him free on bail.

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Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants 2-1 to avoid sweep

Published on April 18, 2014 in MLB Betting

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99), from South Korea, throws against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched for his country, doing anything he could from afar to lift spirits in South Korea after all the lives lost during a devastating ferry accident.

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Knicks’ season over, focus is on Anthony’s future

Published on April 18, 2014 in NBA Betting

TORONTO, CANADA - April 11: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks attempts a free throw against the Toronto Raptors on April 11, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony said he wants to stay in New York, and said he wants to win. It will be up to Phil Jackson to convince him that he can do both. With the Knicks’ season over and Anthony missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, he can begin thinking about his future. The Knicks never came close this season, going 37-45.

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Getzlaf plans to play in Ducks’ Game 2 vs. Dallas

Published on April 18, 2014 in NHL Betting

Anaheim Ducks' Stephane Robidas, center, is shoved by Dallas Stars' Ryan Garbutt, right, during the second period in Game 1 of the first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A day after Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf took a slap shot to the head, the Ducks had already found the lighter side of a potentially disastrous playoff injury. ”He’s not trying to impress anybody with his face.” Coach Bruce Boudreau was more succinct: ”I didn’t want to look at him,” he said. Nobody in either dressing room was surprised Thursday to learn Getzlaf plans to play against the Dallas Stars in Game 2 on Friday night despite that huge cut on his face. Getzlaf was hit by Tyler Seguin’s shot in the final minute of the Ducks’ 4-3 victory over Dallas on Wednesday night in the series opener, but the puck apparently broke no bones – which means it’ll be almost impossible to keep Getzlaf off the ice.

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No bigger playoff long shot than under-.500 Hawks

Published on April 18, 2014 in NBA Betting

Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton, right, and Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver go after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

There’s no bigger long shot in the NBA playoffs than the Atlanta Hawks. Only the 15th team in the last two decades to make the postseason with a losing record, the Hawks (38-44) get started Saturday against the top seed in the East, the Indiana Pacers. Then again, considering all the Hawks have been through, just making the playoffs for the seventh year in a row was quite a feat. The team has almost totally revamped its roster, broke in a rookie head coach, and lost top player Al Horford for most of the season.

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Canadiens-Lightning Preview

Published on April 18, 2014 in NHL Betting

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) stops Tampa Bay Lightning center Nate Thompson (44) on a breakaway in overtime of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. The Canadiens won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Carey Price concedes that failing to protect a pair of third-period leads is not a formula for success in the NHL playoffs. The Montreal Canadiens won the opening game of their series against Tampa Bay without a stellar performance from one of the league’s top goaltenders, and they know they will have to be much better defensively the rest of the way against the young Lightning. Price shared the NHL’s third-best save percentage during the regular season, and then allowed four goals in Tampa Bay’s first 14 shots in Game 1. The Canadiens still managed to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, with Dale Weise scoring his first career playoff goal for a 5-4 overtime win on Wednesday.

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Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

Published on April 18, 2014 in NFL Betting

In a photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb appears in a photo at jail. McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year. Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning. McNabb was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year. Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning. McNabb, 37, was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Phoenix, according to court records. A copy of the citation shows McNabb was stopped on the Loop 101 freeway just after 3 a.m. and radar clocked his Range Rover at 81 mph in a 65-mph zone.

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Pacers coach rules out Bynum for Hawks series

Published on April 18, 2014 in NBA Betting

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 11: Andrew Bynum #17 of the Indiana Pacers controls the ball against the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 11, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top-seeded Indiana won’t have Andrew Bynum for its first-round series against Atlanta.

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